All Blog Posts Tagged 'skepticism' (27)

Out Of The Randomness

One argument that I tackled in an earlier post was the fine tuning argument. I thought about it for a while, and I thought of one of my interests: Astronomy. I realized that there are thousands of galaxies and millions of stars and planets out there. So are we really "fine tuned"? Why us and not any one of the other millions of planets? Why haven't we found life on other planets? For those of you who do not know much about cosmology or astronomy there is a certain Goldilocks zone that a…

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Added by Real Life James Bond on April 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

Tune in to Skeptically Yours tonight at 8pm PST!

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Added by Heather Henderson on February 18, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments

Apistia

Where Are The Apistics?





In entry 432 (APISTIA Is More Than Atheism Plus Skepticism) I explained, why the correct label for my complete absence of any belief is apistia, which is more than atheism plus skepticism, as compared in…
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Added by maruli marulaki on August 15, 2012 at 10:40am — No Comments

Freethought Social + Meetup!

Yesterday morning, representing the Houston Atheists, I joined roughly fifty other secular Houstonians for a freethought coffee social. The meetup was organized by the Houston Freethought Alliance, with a goal of bringing our groups together for secular fellowship.…

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Added by Emilyhasbooks on February 6, 2012 at 2:07pm — 1 Comment

An introduction?

'What made you turn your back to God?'

'When did you decide to become an atheist?'



If you are an atheist, I bet you've heard questions like this on numerous occasions. As a young, just-recently-out-of-the-closet-atheist, I sure have. This post is dedicated to those who ask questions like these.



Let me start by saying…

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Added by Dubravko J. on December 18, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Epiphany

                                

        I recall. Springtime 1946, probably a weekend or Easter vacation because it was mid-afternoon and I was alone in my room doing -- something. On the radio, a hellfire-and-damnation preacher bloviating about “stupid, evil heathens”. In those days programming was eclectic. News, popular music, comedy, talk, opera, baseball, preaching -- including diatribes like the one I was hearing, but not listening…

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Added by Giddian Beer on September 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Pentecostal Holiness

This small denomination of the great web of Christianity is not known of by many people.  This is due mostly to the inherent qualities of the religion itself.  The men must keep their hair short and keep their faces shaven.  The women can not cut their hair, nor wear makeup or jewelry of any kind.  They must only wear ankle-length skirts/dresses and cover their arms at least to the elbow at all times.  Though they do not have to wear bonnets (one of the only differences between them and…

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Added by Lyndi Rogers on May 30, 2011 at 8:31pm — 7 Comments

A culture of laziness

I foudn this article on Yahoo!'s front page earlier:

 

http://health.yahoo.net/articles/pain/6-alternative-treatments-chronic-pain

 

It's obviously listed under the "Health" section of the site, though I feel that it should be nowhere near that section at all. Being both an Atheist and a general skeptic, as time passes it becomes increasingly annoying to see articles like…

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Added by Kai on March 23, 2011 at 11:51pm — 2 Comments

Is everyone on this site more scientific than me?

Growing up, I didn't like science. It's not that I didn't believe in it, it's just that it was hard to learn. Some concepts I had trouble grasping, others I would have trouble remembering, and then there was the math...

I was much more interested in the humanities because they came easier to me. I'm a good writer, and majored in English in college. As I got a little older, I developed a passing interest in science, particularly as it pertained to new technology, astronomy, and…

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Added by Matt Peters on December 10, 2010 at 2:01pm — 23 Comments

Atheism is a natural outcome



In my recent interview with PZ Myers, when asked "Is atheism even something you think about, or is it merely part of having an informed knowledge of the universe and its workings?" he stated:

"Atheism is a natural conclusion of rational and scientific thinking."

Bingo! He hit the nail on the head, and… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on November 29, 2010 at 5:00pm — 6 Comments

The existential philosophy behind the wisdom of King Solomon

Painting of King Soloman, 1872 or 1874, by Simeon Solomon, British 1840 - 1905.

Gift of William B. O'Neal, to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 1995.52.170

Not on View - Public Domain…

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Added by D R Hosie on September 4, 2010 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

More on atheists and skeptics and AGW denialists

Found this very interesting blog post that differentiates skepticism/doubt from denialism:

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/12/james_randi_anthropogenic_global_warming.php

The writer contends that the AGW denialist movement is "a most distinctly unskeptical movement." In the following quote, the writer distinguishes between skpetics…

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Added by Cecilia on February 9, 2010 at 2:40pm — 2 Comments

Choosing my Religion...Again. And Again.

For the last 15 years, I have classified myself as "Christian". From birth to about ten years old, I was a Catholic, then I converted to being Baptist until I was fifteen. As a Catholic, I felt nothing but shame that I was too poor to go to Catholic school, and I hated being in the heathenish Public School. I read my Bible, praying for a better life.



I met a friend in the fourth grade, and she shared the gospel with me. At age nine. In Public School. I went to her church, read her… Continue

Added by Samantha J. on November 26, 2009 at 10:19pm — 12 Comments

Magical Onions

Today, I received a lengthy forwarded email touting the amazing medicinal properties of the presence of onions. No, not an examination of the vitamin and mineral profile of the tear-jerking vegetable, but a fantastical telling of the curative function of onion slices placed near a sick person. (It would have been entirely appropriate for the email to have commenced with “Once upon a time…”) The purpose of the email, as far as I could gather, was to aid the reader in combatting this… Continue

Added by Shine on November 4, 2009 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

We can learn something from James Arthur Ray

I’ve been thinking about the James Arthur Ray situation. You know, the guy who was on Oprah talking about “The Secret?” The one who killed three people by tricking them into fasting for days and then shutting them up in a sweat lodge so they could have visions and learn to become “spiritual warriors?” Yeah, him.



Did you know that he was charging as much as $9,000 a head for his five day retreat? Just to not feed people and stuff them in a hot tent while he regurgitated the crap from… Continue

Added by Elaine on October 27, 2009 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

Faith

Today, we're going to talk about faith.



You can't say I don't tackle the Big Important Topics here. In this one post, I'm going to cover the entire foundation of almost every religion in the history of ever, the pillar on which all theology is founded, and the subject over which perhaps more hours of scholarly work and profound philosophising has taken place over the centuries than any other. The one elusive, ethereal concept whose significance has plagued the most enlightened and… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on August 31, 2009 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Fear of mysterious technology

Genetically modified food. Microwave ovens. Cell phones.



What do these technologies have in common?



Many people are terrified of these technologies, due to the myths & legends surrounding them, the sketchy ways they were conceived, and/or their own ignorance of how they work.



Let's start with genetically modified food.

Genetic modification is scary stuff, at least to the average Joe. There are many instances in popular culture where… Continue

Added by William on August 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Wotan Hears A Cthulhu!

This was also posted over at Cubik's Rube.




I just watched the film Horton Hears A Who!. It was very philosophically troubling.



No, really.



I never read the book, so this rant will apply to the movie version only. And I'm sure this is one of those times where Your Mileage My Vary, as to how much I should be reading into all this or whether any of it… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on August 13, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Here's an excerpt from my latest Examiner article. "The moon landing remains arguably the greatest human achievement of all time. It's so sad that media coverage of its 40th anniversary has to inevitably cover the ramblings of insane deniers who insist that it didn't happen.



Moon Landing Deniers use the same faulty logic as any other denialst..." To read the rest, please… Continue

Added by Michael Rosch on July 22, 2009 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Atlantis

This is another of those articles for which I'm having to suppress just a hint of party-pooping, fuddy-duddy guilt. Atlantis is actually a pretty cool legend, and some really fun stories have arisen around it. The Indiana Jones game, about stopping the Nazis from harnessing the immense power of a lost civilisation, was something I had many, many hours of fun with back when I was first discovering point-and-click… Continue

Added by Cubik's Rube on June 6, 2009 at 2:44pm — No Comments

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Awe struck

Started by Davis Goodman in Small Talk. Last reply by Unseen 9 hours ago. 40 Replies

where when how who why ?

Started by aubrey knows nothing * in Small Talk. Last reply by Davis Goodman 9 hours ago. 5 Replies

I don't know what to say

Started by Belle Rose in Atheist Parenting. Last reply by Ward Cressin 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

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